The physical location of our home has changed more times than I care to count but what hasn’t changed has been my desire to make us feel at home as quickly as possible in a new space. It hasn’t always been easy building a home. As a new bride I didn’t have a lot to work with and what I did have was rather random. Hand me down tables and chairs paired with the cheapest couch we could find to fill a living room with handmade art. . . but it felt like home.
Over the years we have collected pieces that we love paired with our old green couch we just can’t get rid of . . because its perfectly broken in and filled with memories of snuggling our babies with bedtime books. Each new home we move into starts with that key piece and then we layer additional pieces around it based on the unique layout of the home.
After the larger pieces of furniture get added in . . then the fun begins. I love playing “furniture Tetris” until it gets just right. Piece by piece it comes together with lamps and end tables. Lastly, blankets and throw pillows are added in varying textures and colors to make it feel like home.
After the layers of texture and color are added with varying fabrics, I add in the unique knick knacks and heirloom pieces we have collected over the years. Don’t be afraid to use items in unique ways to display flowers or artwork to make it feel like home.
In last week’s session we spoke with Ashley Stork of Wedding Vine Events and discussed how to make a reasonable wedding budget priorities. In this week’s video we are going to take money that we have budgeted and pair it with priorities. If you missed our first episode click (here) to watch the series from the beginning.
So it has come time to actually place money to things you want for your wedding. Often, we find brides that have very grandiose plans for their day and are unaware of how much money it will take to actually take to make those dreams a reality. In this video we have outlined a few steps to make this process easier:
Once you have completed step three you will need to break out a calculator. You will have to add all of your expenses up to make sure they have not gone over your total budget. If they have you may have to allocate more money or cut something. KEY POINT!! Make sure both you and your fiancée’ are involved during this whole process to ensure there is no surprises. Make sure you stay tuned for next week for our 5 tips.
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Our wedding planning budget series started last week. This wedding series is really aimed at giving you some great tips to establishing a budget, sticking to it, and some tips that will really help you save some money. Let’s face it, weddings are expensive and any way we can save money and still get the wedding you want is a win for everyone. In the last blog post we covered setting priorities (link this to first post). Today our video blog series will cover what a reasonable budget will look like.
To help us with todays video on determining a budget, we are joined by one of our favorite wedding planners. Ashley Stork started in the wedding business with planning her own wedding. Now, she is the owner of Magnolia Vine Events. In this interview Ashely answers several questions that cover key topics when addressing the budget planning process.
Stay tuned for our next blog in this series discussing taking your budget and applying it to what you want on your day. If you liked this blog, sign up for our newsletter below to get the latest information and deals we offer. See you next week.
Imagine, on a nice sunny day your boyfriend gets down on one knee and proposes a question you wanted to hear since you were a little girl. Emotions completely overwhelm you as you say yes and fall into his arms of embrace. Nothing can go wrong. The perfect husband, the perfect ring and the perfect life. After you reach out and tell your friends, post some Instagram stories, and take some pictures, you start to think of that perfect wedding day you dreamed of as a child. This day will have beautiful flowers to captivate your family, a gorgeous dress that will impress your future groom, a beautiful venue decorated to the nine, and outstanding food that everyone will talk about for years to come. The perfect day to the start of a life with one another.
Does this sound familiar to anyone. This dream is possible for any bride on any budget and this is the focus of this series. Too often brides become so fixated on the budget they forget about the big picture. We are hoping that by taking a practical approach to your wedding budget you can have the wedding of your dreams. The first step in our four part series starts with setting your priorities.
Priorities will provide a perspective to your budget. Think of them as the guide to how you will spend your budget for your special day. One of the exercises we take our brides through we call the priority exercise. It doesn’t take long and will help you immensely with your wedding budget. The three steps are:
If you answer these questions honestly, especially the last one, it should make prioritizing your wedding day a lot easier.
Once you have prioritized them put them on a final sheet of paper in their correct order. Don’t prioritize things because your family tells you to. This is your wedding and no one else’.
We are hoping that this series provides invaluable information about how to set a wedding budget. If you enjoyed this blog post stay tuned for next week and subscribe to our newsletter for more content. Also, please join our YouTube channel as we will be posting more videos for your to enjoy.